So, I just looked back through my blog, and realized just how long I've been absent.

A while, apparently!

So, whatcha been doing, girl (other than raising a VERY demanding puppy)?!

Well, let's see...



I've been enjoying the spring flowers...and my first batch of daffodils at Sunnymeade...

Lovely

Seeing a lot of sunrises (puppy has to go out VERY early in the morning!)...

Sunrise

Been enjoying how enamored Zoe and Grandpa are with each other...

March 30

*grins*

Laughing (a lot!) during a playdate between Zoe and Carma, her only sister from the litter...

April 5

Laughing at a visit from the Easter Bunny at work...

April 7

Introducing Zoe to her cousin, Ziggy (Don and Michelle's new schipperke)...





Emceeing our wildly popular "Battle of the Books" at the library...

April 14

Mourning the loss of ANOTHER colleague at the library, Charles, who died in a tragic accident at his home, and dealing with the work fallout...

Sad Service

Planting lots of things in the ground around Sunnymeade with Dad's help...

So Pretty!

April 16

Listening the splish splash of my new "water feature", which doubles as a puppy drinking fountain and shower. ;-)

Water Feature!

And occasionally, marveling at rainbows...

March 29

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That was the subject line of the email Jen sent me today.

And, of course, I had to respond. :-)

Here are the instructions:

Create your band's first cover.



1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit "random"
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.



2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.



3 - Go to flickr and click on "explore the last seven days"
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.



4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.



I think I have a future as a band creator, no? ;-)

my_band

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I know, I know.

It's been a stupidly long time since I blogged anything other than book reviews, NaNoWriMo and my trip to England, so let's catch up with each other, shall we?

What's Marissa been up to? Well...

We've continued to paint walls at the library, culminating in a quote above the circulation desk, painted by the lovely Hilary...

("A good book is the best of friends" - English Proverb)

Quote Wall

I turned into a giggling 14 year old girl when I went with the girls to see Twilight (which I totally loved, of course!)...

November 22

I got lovely flowers from Dad for Thanksgiving...

November 25

We got through our first Thanksgiving without Mum, by celebrating in TinyTown, and Michelle and I cooked!

The Feast

I've got my Christmas lights up on Sunnymeade for the first time...

Done!

I took my father BOWLING for the first time in about 50 years, he thinks...

November 28

We went for a "walk in the woods"...

Harmonie Walk

And you can come along too!



I saw my first Evansville Iceman hockey game (a new league formed this year)...

November 29

I watched the last of the leaves fall...

Leaves II

And I giggled when a piece of the library roof fell in too (but then I got kinda ticked off)...

Destroyed

So, what have you been up to? :-)

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I admit, I'm a sucker for autumn.

The sights, the smells, the tastes...it's my favorite time of year.

Dad and I had quite the "ring in the autumn" weekend recently...enjoy!

Off on a hike in the woods...

We're Off!

Audubon Craft Fair Snackettes (Ribbon Fries and a lemon shakeup!)

Snackette!

Apple-picking at a nearby orchard (and an apple crisp later in the day!)

October 5

Fall Feast! (Made by moi - ham, potatoes, roasted pumpkin...yum!)

Masterpiece!

Evansville Fall Festival (No, I'm NOT eating a brain sandwich!)

Ish.

Okay, this is just funny. :-)

On Fire for Jesus!

Even a Ferris Wheel ride (what a view!)

The View

If this sight doesn't make you love autumn, what will?

Amazing

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Going...

Setting Sun

Going...

Setting Sun II

Gone...

October 3

I do so love a spectacular autumn sunset. Sigh.

(Taken at Harmonie State Park on the banks of the Wabash River a couple of weekends ago...)

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Holy cannoli, it's been a while since I had a blog post that WASN'T a book review!

So, let's see...what's been going on...

Well, I finally jumped off the cliff with everyone else and joined Twitter. I've never been a text message girl (I barely know how to on my own phone), and it just seemed like it would be lame for anyone following me, because, you know, I'm boring.

And yet, I've decided to give it a go - I like the immediacy of it so far, and that it's not the same as having to post a full blog post about something that may be trivial, but memorable. Plus, I know the fam and a few friends might like to see what I'm up to at every minute, so there ya go. I'm a Twit. Follow me! :-)

Let's see...on the TinyTown front, this photo (taken at the local IGA) pretty much sums up the sentiment of the whole town...

Thank God

(I nearly drove off the road from laughing the first time I saw this.)

Between the Bookmobile vandalism (which seriously pissed off a lot of patrons), and the rash of other house break-ins, screaming stereos, fights and arguments all pointing to the older teen set in TinyTown, we're definitely ready for August 12.

What else...I (with the help of my fabu administrative assistant) wrote the budget for the library for next year. Of course, it's all a farce with the "restructuring" of Indiana government and the serious stalling of my county to get things reassessed, turned in and collected. I'm still due money from LAST year, and yet I'm writing a budget for NEXT year. Fun!

July 11

(Note the pink Disney princesses pencil, straight from Disneyland!)

In other news...

My whole family (Mum, Dad, sis and I) all went to a movie. This is monumental for several reasons: my parents go to the movies about once a decade, and even then under duress; we've never attended the same movie together; and we all LOVED IT!

(Mamma Mia. So, so very good. Lots of giggles and laughter, and of course, singing. Badly.)

July 18

(Mamma Mia!)

And in other news, yes, the AEROGARDEN LIVES!

After finally ditching the herbs from Christmas a few weeks ago, I got the "lettuce" kit. And that sucker grew FAST! Yay for salad NOT in a bag!

Lettuce

(mmm....tasty.)

Other than that, it's been so humid and hot that I've pretty much hibernated inside as much as possible, except when I'm watering petunias or passing out from mowing the lawn. But the humidity does make for the pretty every once in a while...

Eerie
(Tree among the fields of Posey County, about 7am.)

And how are you?

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